First responders: Keep dogs on a leash near icy ponds

Pet owners in Austintown, Ohio are examining dog leash rules.

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – Law enforcement and others are urging people to keep pets leashed near icy ponds and warning against going in after them.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News ( ) reports the warning comes after a recent series of rescues of people and dogs. Firefighters in Butler and Warren counties have been called to rescue people and their pets from icy waters at least three times over the past week.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rick Bucheit says everyone who was pulled from the water survived. He says that doesn’t lower the risk of going in water during the winter.

Bucheit says people should never try to enter the water, even to rescue a person or animal. Instead, he says they should call 911 and try to find an object to reach into the water.

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